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No, really: what do we want to be made of?

Monday afternoon, squeezed into the sweaty, bubble-slimed chapel, the Carleton community began the year with a very interesting, and very important convocation. Was the genius-foodie-farmer Gary Nabhan a strange choice to ring in the new year? Perhaps. But assuming that the choice was not just arbitrary, allow me to further…

Arb Notes

Unfortunately there is no Arb Studies 395 for the true Arb enthusiasts among us, but spring term means an approximation of that for some classes. If you’ve been wondering what those students are doing out in the prairie or back in the woods, the answer is: lots of things. Many…

Bon Apetite to serve “low carbon diet” to celebrate Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day next Wednesday, Bon Appetit will be serving foods that are considered part of a “lowcarbon diet.” This is not Adkins-diet remix, nor is it anything new to the dining halls. Almost every Friday this year, Bon Appetit has limited the amount of beef, rice, cheese, and…

Hosting a forum on immigration in MN

President Barack Obama’s inauguration promises great hope and change to our government, and we should use this transitional period to its greatest potential. There are myriad issues being placed before the new administration, and not the least of them is immigration. Of the total immigration to the United States between…

Arb Notes

I have been hearing some gripes and grumblings lately, alleging that this midwinter is “bleak.” Really? Cold it might be, but especially in the Arb, there is nothing charmless or dreary about the midwinter landscape. Our winter white blanket is returning as I write this, but even its brief, muddy,…

Statement regarding Israel’s incursion in Gaza

What do we do? What do we do in the face of a conflict that never seems to end and only escalates, as it has in Gaza since December 27th? Yes, the rockets Hamas lobs into Israel are a disgusting form of collective punishment. But we must also acknowledge that…

Arb Notes

It’s getting chilly outside, but the Arb is heating up! Though the ground will be frozen and the trees will be naked, the Arb will be far from dormant this winter. Ever-Green Energy will be collecting the brush piles from the Arb to generate energy through their combined heat and…